France views 'no-deal' Brexit as most likely, says Elysée official

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The French government regards a departure of the UK from the European Union without a mutual deal as the most likely outcome on the deadline date of October 31st according to an official from President Emmanuel Macron’s office, speaking on the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a solution to the key issue of the Irish border 'backstop', which is blocking agreement, may be found.

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France believes ‘no-deal’ is now the most likely Brexit scenario after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanded the European Union reopen the divorce deal and drop the Irish backstop, an official in President Macron’s office said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.